I'm Looking to hire an attorney to advise on a web based business that will be open for people to access across the US. It's easier to find attorneys with this specialty outside of New York. Is it better to stick to an attorney in my own state? I'...
Website operation is primarily governed by federal and constitutional law, which is uniform throughout the U.S. Therefore, the geographic location of your counsel is not particularly important. You should engage a law firm that has substantial experience dealing with Internet law issues. There are some matters that will be governed by state statutes, such as corporate law, but Internet lawyers are accustomed to engaging and working with local counsel on state law issues, if necessary.See question
Which is the jurisdiction on internet/domain disputes. Is it the courts (law suit) or file with law enforcement agencies if theft of domain name by fraud happens? For example a domain is owned by a business and the owner gives the job of ...
Depending on the circumstances, a UDRP arbitration petition with either WIPO or the National Arbitration Forum might be appropriate. These UDRP actions are governed by ICANN, and can be an effective alternative to litigation. Your issue requires consultation with an experienced Internet Attorney.See question
With deference to other opinions, wholesale copying of legal work product like online terms could well violate the author's copyrights, and give rise to an infringement claim.
I've written an article on this specific topic, detailing the legal risks involved. See; http://www.webcamlaws.com/stealing-website-terms-policies-not-the-best-idea/See question
Probably. The answer depends on the level of interactivity of the site, and the substantial nature of any connections with California. Typically, an interactive website which permits customers to do business with residents of another state through the site will be subject to the personal jurisdiction of the courts in that state. But the legal decisions vary depending on the facts, and the type of claim involved. If you are subject to a lawsuit from an out-of-state plaintiff, you should contact a lawyer immediately to evaluate any potential challenges to personal jurisdiction that might be mounted.See question
I was watching porn on a popular porn site and when I clicked out of the video a pop up said I committed a crime and watched child porn. The pop up was on my phone and said my town and state in it and it said I could use PayPal to pay $600 to clea...
It's a scam. Google 'scareware' For example; http://www.itbusiness.ca/news/rcmp-warns-against-child-porn-scareware/17330See question
I am starting a website kind of similar to them, but different, but that will be the best way to explain my question. how are they able to use all the quotes ? are there any laws prohibiting this? Or is it fine because they are such short quote...
Quotes can be copyrighted by the author. They might be able to be used in such a way so that there is no infringement (i.e., fair use). But numerous factors go into that determination. Any text or graphical content is likely owned by someone, and you typically need the author's permission before republishing the content for your own purposes. Occasionally you'll find an exemption or defense that applies, but copyright law is very difficult for infringers. Advice from a skilled intellectual property attorney is essential.See question
More specifically, are there any state laws that forbid participating in a raffle hosted in another state / can it be considered gambling?
Assuming the raffle involves prize, chance, and consideration, it will be considered gambling in every state. There are some state-level exemptions for raffles conducted by charitable, educational, civic, or veterans groups, for fundraising purposes. Sometimes raffles are used in connection with sweepstakes or game promotions. However, if a private person or corporation conducts a raffle for profit, where the participants pay for a chance to win a prize drawn at random, that conduct violates various laws prohibiting illegal lotteries. Legal raffles must be conducted in compliance with the laws and regulations of the state where it is being conducted.See question
The concept that we have been thinking does not involve accepting any deposits from the players. Instead we will give out money when they register and they can use that money to play. Is it legal? This question applies to any other multiplayer...
Online gaming is a complex field that is regulated at both the state and federal levels. A relatively recent federal court of appeals decision rejected the argument that poker is a game of skill, and deemed it a game of chance. See; http://goo.gl/H0FIIN The concept of not accepting deposits may mitigate liability for gambling-related issues, but this business model should be vetted by an experienced online gaming attorney. You will need to consider tax issues, anti-money laundering policies, cashout policies, user terms, branding, etc.See question
Can you tell me is sports betting online in Florida, United States legal or illegal?
Accepting wagers on sporting events is illegal under federal law (the Wire Wager Act, and the UIGEA). Placing a wager on a sporting event violates Florida gambling statutes (Ch. 849). Whether there may be defenses to any state-level prosecution for placing a bet in Florida through a licensed, offshore sports betting site is a complex question involving the dormant Commerce Clause and statutory interpretation. However, it is safe to assume that sports betting can violate Florida and federal law.See question